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19th-century America saw the development of boats that rank as some of the most beautiful, most efficient, and most perfectly adapted boats ever conceived. Catboats, Whitehalls, wherries, peapods, dories, sharpies -- the list is seemingly endless and filled with wildly different designs and uses that share one thing in common: they each represent a long line of development that resulted in boats that were, and remain, virtually unsurpassable for their intended purposes...

-- Larry Feeney

Current News

USCG Empanelled Standards/Rubrics Experts Team Launches National Validation Survey

Portsmouth, RI (February 10, 2014) — A team of experts assembled with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) grant funding seeks national content validation of HUMAN (manually propelled) boat operation standards/ rubrics that will be freely available to the boating public. This is your opportunity to impact the development of free recreational paddling and rowing (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards, etc.) standards/rubrics that can be voluntarily used by educators when developing boating courses.

You may participate by completing this on-line survey.

WHAT: The National On-Water Standards Team, funded by USCG grants, is seeking input from recreational paddling and rowing educators across the nation on set of rubrics used to describe Human-propelled boating skills at the entry level. Following the survey, the rubrics will be updated to reflect input from paddling and rowing nationwide and eventually be validated and updated though a national field-testing program.

WHERE: https://www.research.net/s/HUMAN-Rubrics

WHEN: The survey will be conducted February 11 – March 11, 2014.

WHO: Recreational paddling and rowing educators and especially those with experience in On-Water teaching or training are urged to participate in an on-line survey designed to collect feedback on the content of these voluntary entry-level, skill-based standards/rubrics for manually propelled boating.

WHY: By completing this survey you will have a voice in the design of a national set of HUMAN boating standards for recreational paddlers and rowers to be made freely available for voluntary application in beginner boating courses. This effort is part of the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) vision of a National System of Standards for Recreational Boat Operation – that will organize both classroom and on-water standards within a comprehensive system of recreational boating education. The system will address standards for three domains of recreational boating: SAIL, POWER and HUMAN propulsion.

US Sailing has been awarded grant funding from the U.S. Coast Guard to facilitate a consensus-based process by which a team of diverse SMEs from across the recreational boating community develop entry level, skill-based performance standards for recreational boat operation. An objective grant facilitator is designing and managing the collaborative development of SAIL, POWER and HUMAN propelled standards that will be made freely available and recognized (not mandated) by the U.S. Coast Guard for voluntary incorporation in beginner level recreational boating training programs.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact K. Brian Dorval, On-Water Standards Facilitator at 716-994-2842 or brian@thinkfirstserve.com

Cold Weather is upon us!

To those of us who live in the northern climes, that means cold water. And cold water changes the game when it comes to surviving an inadvertant plunge.

It is impossible to die from hypothermia in cold water unless you are wearing flotation, because without flotation – you won’t live long enough to become hypothermic.

The above quote is one of the lead paragraphs of an article by Mario Vittone, and ex-Coast Guard rescue swimmer and marine safety expert, detailing the not-so-obvious issues with cold water. With colder weather on the way it might be a good time to read it, or read it again if you've seen it already.

The complete text of the article can be found at http://gcaptain.com/cold_water/?11198. An excellent companion article on the initial treatment of hyperthermia can be found at http://gcaptain.com/truth-cold-water-recovery/.

Mario Vittone's safety blog can be found at http://mariovittone.com/blog/. Check it out, it is a good read!

TSCA Now on Facebook

TSCA now has a Group Page on Facebook that will give us yet another method of advertising & highlighting events, showing off individual's new boats, and publicizing chapter activities.

The main page is a public discussion page, and can be used much like our current Yahoo Groups forums.

Each chapter and each builder can create his own photo album using the "Add Photo / Video" menu button, then the option to create an album. First one in each chapter to upload a photo should create a discrete album with the chapter name. Others can add to the album later.

Use the "Events" tab to automatically notify all group members of upcoming events.

You can reach the group under any of the "Find us on Facebook" logos in the menu bars or at

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